I have recently been all about #Trending things on Thursdays, but this week I am just trending #Food.
People often complain to me about their inability to lose weight and when I ask them what they are eating…I just hear a lot of chemicals and very little actual food. When I first started my journey – I thought I knew how to eat – turns out I didn’t but I learned over time. I was never a Lean Cuisine kind of girl, but I certainly was all about calories in and calories out (fat free, low fat, 100 cal pack, etc.) and would occasionally see results but would never tighten up to the degree that I desired.
Over the past few months since I have stuck to a clean diet and only consume real, whole foods – it has been impossible not to notice the various changes throughout my entire body. Sure I have lost weight and tightened up; however, overall my health, skin, mental clarity, radiance, and energy levels are through the roof.
If you eat actual real food and not things packaged as “100 calorie packs” or “lean cuisines” or “reduced guilt” you will be more inclined to lose weight – those marketing schemes are 90% chemicals and 10% food devoid of any real nutritional value. Our bodies’ digestive system is not designed to break down chemicals created in laboratories. So yeah, you cannot lose weight because although you are eating 1,200 calories a day – your body does not know what to do with or how to breakdown the food-like substance you are ingesting.
I typically shop the periphery of the market – fresh fruits, veggies, organic milk, fresh caught fish (not farmed), Ezekiel Bread (the primary bread I will eat in America – in Europe bread has fewer additives so much so that I can actually consider it to still be bread). When I venture down an aisle – let’s say for peanut butter and I read the label – if there are a bunch of words that I have to sound out, cannot pronounce, that I know I cannot find down another aisle in the supermarket, or would have to consult a high school AP Chemistry textbook to figure out – then the item stays on the shelf and goes on to my “That is Not Food” List.
I am not saying that the only way to lose weight is to eat raw daily and down wheatgrass shots to lose weight – although that will do the trick. Just limit your intake of foods that are not whole foods to your cheat day – and consume primarily fresh fruits, veggies, and organic meats and dairy – and you will see results!
* Editor’s Note: After nearly 100 years of making actual real ice cream – Breyer’s Ice Cream was sold in 2006 and now contains chemicals…it is on my “That is Not Food” List.